Business Profile
  • Southeast Wisconsin
  • October 2013
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Integrative Dental Solutions

At Integrative Dental Solutions (IDS), Dr. Ingo Mahn and Dr. Supriya Shetty have created one of the most unique dental practices in the country. Based on an understanding of the relationship between oral and physical health, they combine holistic methods and materials that are beneficial to the overall health of their patients with today’s most advanced technologies.

“The biggest difference between conventional dentistry and holistic dentistry is being aware of how the health of the mouth affects overall health,” says Dr. Mahn. “An infection in your mouth has the potential to cause disease in another part of the body.” Until recent research established a link between gum disease and heart disease, conventional dentistry had refuted that possibility.

Dr. Mahn says he began his path toward more natural dentistry more than 10 years ago. At the time, he was doing a significant amount of cosmetic dentistry because he found mercury amalgam (silver) fillings to be unattractive as well as damaging to teeth. As time went on, he developed a reputation among patients looking for a more natural approach. These patients would often visit his office armed with pamphlets conveying the dangers of these mercury-based amalgam fillings.

He says many people may suffer for years with unexplained chronic symptoms; unaware that those symptoms could be a result of toxic metals or infection in the mouth. “In the search for optimal health, oral infections and toxic heavy metals are often left untreated, despite the adverse effects these conditions can present,” he explains.

In fact, research indicates that exposure to dental mercury can be a serious health hazard, as mercury is released from these mercury-based dental fillings constantly. This can lead to a slow buildup of mercury in one’s organs, tissues and cells, especially if the patient is unable to properly excrete these toxins. Even short-term exposure to small amounts of mercury can cause symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and memory loss.

Amalgams can be removed, but it is critical that it be done safely, as the vapors and particles can enter the body if not done properly. Dr. Mahn and Dr. Shetty use the most advanced amalgam removal protocols to eliminate the old, mercury-based materials safely and painlessly, and replace them with a biocompatible composite white filling material — an important part of the process.

“People are often surprised how much better they feel after these fillings are removed,” says Dr. Shetty. “Sometimes it’s gradual and sometimes it is dramatic.” She warns that people shouldn’t assume that white fillings are a healthier alternative. Many composites contain toxic additives and filler materials. Integrative Dental Solutions offers several options for testing the biocompatibility of dental materials, including energetic testing by an on-site naturopath.

Integrative Dental Solutions is unique in that it combines holistic dentistry with the very latest in dental technology, including: CAD/CAM technology that allows the doctors to make long-lasting non-metallic restorations in a single visit; a 3D CT and digital radiography system that reduces exposure to X-rays by up to 90 percent; and drill-less dentistry or air abrasion that prepares teeth using a stream of air and particles. They also offer non-surgical gum therapy using lasers and ozone, as even oral surgery is performed using holistic techniques — all in an effort to do what is best for the patient.

Dr. Mahn says it is important that patients and other health care practitioners consider Integrative Dental Solutions part of their integrative health care team. He is so passionate about integrative care that in 2004 he earned a doctorate degree from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. “I have no desire to practice integrative medicine, but the knowledge I gained has allowed me to better understand my patients and communicate with other health care practitioners. My patients are to trust me with their health; I owe it to them to be as informed as possible.”

Both doctors consider education a crucial aspect of their practice — both for themselves and their patients. Each attends continuing education courses on a regular basis to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and procedures.

“When a patient comes back, shakes your hand and thanks you for improving their life, it’s incredibly rewarding and makes you want to try that much harder,” says Dr. Shetty.

If you are looking for a more natural approach for your dental health, Dr. Mahn and Dr. Shetty offer a $39 special that includes a new patient exam, X-rays and consultation. Call today! 

Integrative Dental Solutions

23770 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee


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